West Division Player of the Week
Ashley Gilson, Central Michigan, So, LF, Petersburg, Mich./Summerfield
Gilson had a tremendous week in leading the diverse CMU attack. The sophomore outfielder hit .583 with four of her seven hits going for extra bases. Gilson belted three home runs, scored five runs and drove in five more while also adding a steal. She reached base in all five appearances, drawing a pinch-hit walk off the bench against Oakland, going 1-for-3 with a run scored in a start against Oakland, finished 2-for-3 at the dish with a stolen base at Bowling Green. She terrorized Toledo pitching over the weekend as she went 2-for-3 in both games of the series, drilling a double and a home run in the opener before becoming the fifth player in CMU history to homer twice in a game in the series finale. In five games, Gilson posted a .643 on-base percentage, a 1.417 slugging average and a 2.060 OPS.
East Division Player of the Week
Shannon Tillett, Miami, Fr., 1B, San Diego, Calif./Mira Mesa
Shannon had breakout week as she hit .545 with a huge slugging percentage of 1.182. She hit her first two career home runs over weekend in the two games against Ball State. Had two hits each in three of the four games the team played this week. Also had a double against Ball State on Sunday and scored runs in three of the four games this week.
West Division Pitcher of the Week
Kari Seddon, Central Michigan, Jr., St. Clair, Mich./St. Clair
Seddon made tremendous strides in her four appearances last week, holding opposing batters to only 13 hits and a .163 average in 22.1 innings of work. The junior had a 3:1 strikeout to walk ratio with 33 strikeouts and 11 walks. After picking up a pair of hard luck losses, one of which was set up by a two-out error while nursing a one-run lead in the seventh inning at Bowling Green, Seddon held Toledo to one unearned run and three hits while striking out 16 batters in 8.2 innings to pick up a pair of victories over the weekend. The efforts lowered her ERA to 2.00 on the season and gives her a team-high 84 strikeouts.
East Division Pitcher of the Week
Kylie Reynolds, Kent State, Sr., Greensboro, Ga./Morgan County
In four weekend appearances against conference opponents, Reynolds went 3-0 with a 1.07 ERA. She tossed a two-hit shutout against Northern Illinois Friday. On Sunday, Reynolds made one start and one relief appearance against Western Michigan, allowing one run in 10.2 innings. She struck out 19 batters on the day and allowed five hits. In her relief appearance, Reynolds took over with the bases loaded and one out in the fourth and retired the next two batters to leave the bases loaded. She went on to strike out eight of the 12 batters she faced. With the three weekend victories, Reynolds is now tied with Carla Brookbank for the most wins in school history (70).
Additional Nominees for Player of the Week
Krista Hansen, Akron, Sr., 2B, Arlington, Wash. (Arlington)
Zips senior Krista Hansen has a perfect (1.000) slugging percentage over the Ohio Bobcats last weekend. Holding a .500 batting average, Hansen grabbed three hits including her first home run of the season in the Zips 6-2 win over the Ohio Bobcats. Likewise Hansen had a perfect fielding average.
Alyssa Collins, Ball State, Jr., OF, Fortville, Ind./Mt. Vernon
Alyssa Collins led the Ball State offense batting at a .455 clip throughout three games this week, and she hit a perfect three-for-three Sunday in the Cardinals 4-3 victory over Miami. In Sunday's game, Collins was pivotal in securing the win as her single in the seventh inning drove in the game tying run for the Cardinals.
Karmen Coffey, Bowling Green, Sr., IF/OF, Carlyle, Saskatchewan
Karmen Coffey played in and started 4-4 games in left field for the Falcons on the opening weekend of MAC play. She leads the team in batting averages and in stolen bases in MAC contests, tallying a .455 average and is 4-5 in stolen bases, including two against EMU on Saturday (she is 10-11 in stolen bases overall). Coffey had five hits on the weekend, including three against CMU, and scored two runs for her squad. In the field, Coffey maintained a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage this weekend.
Ashley Bertot, Buffalo, Fr., LF, League City, TX/Clear Creek
Freshman Ashley Bertot led the Buffalo offense in their opening weekend of MAC play, batting .364 on the weekend, including one double and two RBIs on four hits. In their final game of the weekend, the Bulls defeated Northern Illinois for the first time since 2005. Bertot earned two of Buffalo's three RBIs and went a perfect two-for-two in stolen bases in the win. Bertot finished the weekend a perfect four-for-four in stolen bases to remain perfect at 9-for-9 on the season.
Stacie Skodinski, Eastern Michigan, Jr., SS, South Bend, Ind./Washington
Stacie Skodinski continues her offensive tear as she raised her season batting average to .432 following a week in which she recorded a .480 batting average and led the Eagles to a 5-2 record. The junior turned in four multi-hit games including a 4-for-4 effort against Detroit, adding an RBI and three runs scored in the process. She's among the top hitters in the league while leading her team in hits, doubles and walks as well as on base and slugging percentage.
Leah Archual, Kent State, Sr., OF, Tallmadge, Ohio/Tallmadge
Archual hit .467 (7-for-15) in four conference games with a double and four runs scored. She recorded a pair of hits in all three of Kent State's victories and has hit safely in her last five games. In a 2-1 win over Western Michigan, Archual led off the sixth inning with a sinlge that ignited a pivotal two-run rally. In her last 12 games, Archual is hitting .364.
Andrea Colosimo, Northern Illinois, Jr., 2B, Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg
Colosimo went 2-for-3 with two RBI in NIU's 7-2 victory over the Golden Flashes in the Huskies' first MAC victory of the season. She belted her second home run of the season in NIU's 8-5 come-from-behind win over Buffalo on Saturday, going 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored. Her three RBIs on the week gives her a team-high 16 on the season, while her .325 batting average also leads the Huskies.
Emily Wethington, Ohio, Jr., Pitcher/Utility, New Palestine, Ind./Scecina Memorial
Wethington torched opposing pitchers last week, hitting .636 (7-for-11) with a homer and two doubles and slugging 1.091 in four games, including two against nationally-ranked Ohio State. Three of her seven hits went for extra bases, while the junior also posted a .692 on base percentage, scored two runs and stole a base. In a doubleheader against the Buckeyes, Wethington finished a combined 4-of-5 with a double, her team-leader fourth homer and two runs scored. In Ohio's two games at Akron, she hit .500 (3-of-6) with a double and an on base percentage of .625. Overall, Wethington raised her season average by 76 points for the week.
Kate Ricchio, Toledo, Jr, CF, Racine, WI/Case
In Toledo's 6-5 win over Eastern Michigan, Ricchio drove in UT's first three runs, including a two-run double down the right field line. She went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored in the contest. With hits against in the second game against Eastern Michigan and UT's first contest with Central Michigan, the junior extended her hitting streak to a career-long 10 games. Ricchio also socked her fourth triple of the season in Saturday's game against CMU, which ties her for the second-most in school single-season history. Overall, the Racine, WI native batted .385 with a .692 slugging percentage while driving home four runs.
Sarah Thomas, Western Michigan, Sr., C, Kalamazoo, Mich./Comstock
Sarah Thomas led the Broncos in batting average during the MAC opening weekend by over 180 points, hitting .455. She hit safely in all four games, including a two-hit performance against Kent State to end the weekend. Her on-base percentage of .538 also led the team.
Additional Nominees for Pitcher of the Week
Andrea Arney, Akron, So., Dalton, Ohio/Dalton
Sophomore Andrea Arney went 1-1 during the first weekend of conference play. Pitching a complete game, Arney gave up only one earned run while striking out six.
Melissa Bott, Bowling Green, Jr., Dover, Ohio
In the opening weekend of MAC play, Melissa Bott played in three of BGSU's four contests and started two. On the weekend, Bott pitched 15.0 innings for the Falcons and racked up an impressive 0.93 ERA. In her three appearances, Bott fanned nine batters and allowed only two earned runs. Bott tallied a win-loss record of 2-1 in the first weekend of MAC play. She threw 10 scoreless innings in BGSU's double-header sweep of Central Michigan on Friday and four scoreless innings of the six she pitched against EMU.
Sharon Barr, Buffalo, Sr., Coarsegold, CA/Yosemite
Sharon Barr went a perfect 2-0 on the mound last weekend, posting wins over Western Michigan and Northern Illinois. In the two wins, Barr struck out seven batters in 12.1 innings pitched, while carrying a 0.73 ERA. Overall on the weekend Barr struck out 10 batters in 16.2 innings pitched, owning a 1.62 ERA. Barr earned her 17th start of the season, and 65th of her career, which puts her on top of UB's all-time career record list for most starts on the mound, with the previous record being 64, set in 2005.
Jamie Melchert, Eastern Michigan, Jr., Scottville, Mich./Muskegon
Jamie Melchert went 2-1 in four appearances last week. She played a big role in the two-game sweep against Bowling Green, tossing two complete game wins in which she allowed just eight hits over 14 innings combined while striking out 15 batters. The junior now has thrown six complete games on the season.
Jessica Simpson, Miami, So., North Canton, Ohio/Hoover
Was very tough to score on in three starts over week, giving up only two earned runs on one home run in the second inning of a game against Ball State on Sunday. Through two shutouts in first two starts, an 8-0 six inning game against Dayton on Thursday, and she shut down a tough Ball State lineup in the opening of conference play, 5-0 on Saturday. She struck out 24 batters in her three games, including 10 against Dayton on Thursday and nine against Ball State Sunday. She allowed only 18 hits in 19.1 innings pitched.
Meredith Whitney, Western Michigan, So., Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain
Meredith Whitney earned the Broncos only win during the MAC season opening weekend, going 1-1 and getting the victory in the conference opener against Buffalo. She combined with Meghan Thomas for a shut out, her second combined shut out of the 2010 season. Whitney had 11 strikeouts, bringing her team-leading total to 53. That total gives her 249 for her young career, which is just 41 strikeouts away from cracking the top five all-time at Western Michigan.